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MAN TGX XLX + Palfinger PK 78002

Maker:  WSI
Model No:  04-1098
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  October 2013

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MAN TGX XLX + Palfinger PK 78002 Video.
Palfinger box.
Plain MAN cab looks good.
Detailed chassis.
Fifth wheel position can be adjusted.
Detailed Palfinger crane.
Nicely detailed boom.
Lifting a column.
A Nooteboom trailer attached.
Heavy haulage.
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This model is produced for Palfinger.

The tractor is a MAN TGX XLX 8x4 with a Palfinger PK 78002.  The crane is rated at 75 tonne metres with a maximum capacity of 25 tonnes.  It can reach 20.4m.


The packaging is a generic Palfinger-branded windowed box. 

There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

A small instruction booklet covers the main features of the crane.  There is no information about the real machine.


The MAN has a typical high quality WSI chassis with the 8x4 transmission and suspension fully modelled.  The wheels are very detailed with different tyres on the front and rear axles.

The cab has windscreen wipers and orange beacon lights with the cab interior being fairly simple.  As a generic model the cab decoration is plain with the vehicle type printed on the cab doors:  TGX 41.480.

Under the cab is a detailed engine with MAN Common Rail printed on top.  The rear wheel arches are metal and at the back the lights have plastic lenses.  There is also a plastic clip-type towing hitch.  The rear two-stage outrigger beams have square metal pads.

A metal swap body has detailed drop sides.

The Palfinger crane is very detailed.  The outriggers are two-stage with a warning sign on the inner beams.  The pistons are smooth, and separate circular pads are supplied. 

An additional set of four small square spreader plates is also included.

There are many small signs and some of them are legible.  The base has various boxes attached.  The boom sections appear to be thin-wall metal, and they certainly have a stiff profile whilst being smooth in operation.  The final boom section has a small fixed metal hook.


There is stiff linked steering on the front axles of the MAN and only a small range of movement is possible.  The rear axles have a small amount of up and down movement which is fine although there was also some sideways movement which is not so good.

The cab tilts forward to about 45 and can be posed in the tilted position. 

The fifth wheel is adjustable longitudinally allowing a range of trailers to be attached.

The swap body can be clipped to the fifth wheel, or removed.

The front outriggers are parked in the up right position and can be telescoped out and rotated.  The pads can be lowered but it is fiddly to do so because of the tiny rear rams.  The rear outriggers can be extended and lowered although the beams are not rigidly guided so they do not maintain a straight profile.

The crane rotates fairly smoothly and the boom unfolds with the rams being stiff and sometimes a little 'jerky' to extend.  The telescoping boom has eight sections which extend well and generally hold a pose. 

The maximum extended height with fly jib is around 55cm, or 22 inches.

A suitable WSI trailer can be attached although it appears that the fifth wheel may be very slightly high meaning that trailer wheels may not quite be fully grounded, however this is barely noticeable.


This model is high quality and mainly metal. 

The paintwork is good and most of the graphics are sharp.


It is reasonable value.


This is a very good model of a Palfinger knuckle boom crane.  It looks very good and the functionality is generally good too.


The model first appeared at the BAUMA Exhibition 2013.

The parts and instruction sheet.
Profile view.
Metal swap body has detailed sides.
Tilting cab.
Front outriggers are very detailed.
Reaching up.
At work.
Palfinger is imposing.